Headstones In Ohio Jewish Cemeteries Defaced With Antisemitic Graffiti

Antisemitic graffiti was found in a Jewish cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, and it came during a surge in anti-Semitic incidents after terrorists led by Hamas invaded Israel on October 7.

Headstones In Ohio Jewish Cemeteries Defaced With Antisemitic Graffiti

Red swastikas were spray painted on a number of headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on Ridge Road, according to FOX 8 in Cleveland.

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas moves into its fifth week, the swastikas were spotted.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland said on X, the platform that was once known as Twitter, that it is “absolutely sickening” that someone would damage a cemetery out of hatred for Jews.

“This cowardly act to violate the memory of our elders only confirms what we already know: the hatred of the Jewish community here, and around the world, now is at a level not seen in generations,” the federation posted in a series of tweets. “We will support law enforcement in any way we can to see that those who are responsible face the consequences of their actions.”

The crime is just another example of the growing antisemitic venom directed towards American Jews.

The Anti-Defamation League’s regional director for Michigan, Carolyn Normandin, spoke with Fox News Digital about the situation in the neighbouring state of Ohio, stating that although they normally receive two to three incidents each week, between October 7 and October 21, they received 61 incidents.

The Anti-Defamation League recorded a 388% increase in antisemitic occurrences across the country at the same time the previous year.

The majority of instances documented in Michigan, as is the case nationwide, are demonstrations where demonstrators have yelled violent and violent slogans, “celebrat[ed] the killing of civilians,” or “question[ed] that Hamas [carried out] the attacks.”

Rep. Shontel Brown (D-Ohio) became aware of the vandalised headstones on social media.

“Saddened and outraged that a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn has been desecrated,” she posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Sending my thoughts to the local Jewish community are with you.

“Antisemitism is clearly on the rise, and we must speak out,” she added. “Antisemitism and all forms of hate have no place in NE Ohio, or anywhere.”

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